New Beginnings

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Boy, this school year has been all about new beginnings.  Many of my students I had for  many years in a row (the luck of getting moved from one building to another). They went on to high school.  Since I didn’t go to high school with them, that means I have an entire new set of children to work with.  Lots of new behaviors to learn.

Normally it only takes a few weeks to get back into the swing of things.  Not only do I have new students and behaviors to get used to;  I watch my two energetic nieces after school two nights a week and have soccer three days a week.  All this has taken some time to get used to.  So after a month of needing naps, I think I am finally getting the hang of things.  I am hoping while the girls do their homework, I might get a little time to do mine-this blog.

So here I sit thinking about the beginning of the school year, beginning of sports seasons and after school activities.  I am participating in a local event called Ladies Night Out in our community.  This also new to me.  Hmmm are you noticing a pattern here?? :)

Basically it is an event for vendors in the area and crafters to let Ladies and others know what services are offered in our area.  Admission fees are donated to the local food pantry.  So what can I do for a group of women who have never stamped before? That got me thinking.  I have been stamping for over a decade- oh my where does the time go???  What was my first stamping experience like?  I had fun of course but I was a little overwhelmed by everything in the catalog.  Once I learned a few things, I wanted to learn it all.  I figure this might be a time to start off with basics for everyone.  New stampers are learning and veterans sometimes like a refresher.

This week I will be working on organizing my craft room-my cats knocked a shelf over and there is a huge mess.  Then I will be working on preparing for October Stamp Club.  Who’s joining me October 12?  After that I will be preparing for Ladies Night Out.  Look for more information on that as we get closer to Oct 23.  By then I will also have a list of up coming classes.  We need to prepare for Christmas.

Let me know if there are any special techniques you would like to learn.  Leave me a comment here.

imageAnd before I finish, I will share a simple card I made.  Simply stated “Give Thanks”.  I am thankful you are following me on this journey, that you put up with my absences while I go through life changes, and all my idiosyncrasies.

A gatefold card with a few basic layers.  I punched two flowers using the Fun Flower Punch. The center is the 7/8″ Scallop Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch, and the flower from Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack.

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Holiday Catalog is Here!

 

Hi Stampers, welcome back to the Creative Spa!

Main_HolidayCatalog_OLO_9.1-30.2014_USDid you know the HOLIDAY CATALOG is here!  Click here is you want to download it. If you didn’t receive your free copy in the mail, please let me know immediately and I will get a copy to you.

It has so many cute things in it!  I can’t wait to share my ideas with you.  Here is my first project.  It is made with the the Curvy Keepsake Box framelitimage

I used Pumpkin Pie card stock and stamped the long lines with Work of Art stamp set.  The leaves were from Fall Fest. (Which comes in those bundles we love so much.) I used the oval punch to cut the leaves out instead of the framelit.  I added a piece from the Autumn Wooden Elements for a cute accent and a piece of twine.

Wouldn’t these be adorable to give to co-workers, neighbors, or to have them as part of a dinner setting?   I think it would be a Trick or Treat package as well.

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